Jennifer Lopez’s latest performance is raising red flags for those with a sharp recollection of major pop culture moments.
Jenny from the Block performed “Pa’ Ti” and “Lonely” with Maluma at the 2020 American Music Awards on Sunday, and though she managed to put on a show that certainly wasn’t worthy of a heckle, many on social media couldn’t help but point out a few aesthetic similarities between Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s iconic performance of “Drunk in Love” at the 2014 Grammy Awards.
For starters, Lopez’s performance began with her seated and swathed in illusionary, vertical-line lighting. Beyoncé’s performance began about the same, except hers featured horizontal lines. Although not a ground breaking concept, Lopez’s performance similarly incorporated chair choreography and the sudden appearance of her suited-up duet partner. Lopez’s look also felt derivative — her sheer LaQuan Smith bodysuit resembling Beyoncé’s La Perla and Nichole de Carle lingerie, while her wet bob was nearly identical. It is, however, worth noting that much of the performance’s choreography, as well as J Lo’s bodysuit, also appeared in the second half of the joint”Pa’ Ti” and “Lonely” music video released in September.
In the hours that followed the award show, comparisons trickled in on social media. People on Twitter fought. Internet water coolers like The Shade Room and Diet Prada both posted about the performance and its presumed inspiration. In one of the former’s posts, a top comment read, “They performing ‘Tispy In Like,'” which is hilarious whether you’re a J.Lo fan or not.
This, of course, isn’t the first time an artist has been accused of copying, especially not J.Lo. Take a look at some of the reactions below along with the performances and let us know what you think. Do you think Lopez purposely copied Bey or is this just a case of coincidence?
Not JLo dressed the exact same way as Beyoncé did for her “Drunk in Love” performance at the Grammys. Even down to the wet hair and the chair😭
— Cheyanne. (@CBabeey) November 23, 2020
At this point JLO is a Beyonce tribute act. pic.twitter.com/Wk3scLta9l
— Sisa (@Titanbaddie) November 23, 2020
Jlo’s team every time Beyoncé performs: pic.twitter.com/qqYRlIwQGa
— tony ✊🏾 (@kingalreadyx) November 23, 2020
— 🅴 (@charlieno1angel) November 23, 2020
— V (@MsVangie) November 23, 2020
Jennifer Lopez always stealing a Beyoncé look.
— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) November 23, 2020
— Lisa Respers France (@LisaFranceCNN) November 23, 2020